Of Buried Ledes and Elephants in the Living Room

So, Gallup has been polling on Obamacare.

Their headline?


Americans Divided on Repeal of 2010 Healthcare Law

Majority of Republicans strongly favor repeal if a Republican is elected president


As “news” goes both the headline and the subhead fall into the “water is wet” category.

The real news is buried at the bottom.


Americans Do Not Think Individual Mandate Passes Legal Muster

The Supreme Court next month will hear legal challenges to the healthcare law, which are focused on the law’s requirement that all Americans purchase health insurance or pay a fine. Americans overwhelmingly believe the “individual mandate,” as it is often called, is unconstitutional, by a margin of 72% to 20%.

Even a majority of Democrats, and a majority of those who think the healthcare law is a good thing, believe that provision is unconstitutional.

As you may know, the Supreme Court will hear arguments next month concerning a requirement in the healthcare law that every American must buy health insurance or pay a fine. Regardless of whether you favor or oppose the law, do you think this requirement is constitutional or unconstitutional? Among all Americans, by party ID, and by view of healthcare law, February 2012

A series of lower-court rulings have so far disagreed as to whether the provision violates the Constitution.


Ahem.  Seventy-Two percent of Americans agreeing on anything political is not just news, it’s Big News.  Here we have 72% convinced that Obamacare’s individual mandate is Unconstitutional.

More troubling is the break down.  54% of those who favor Obamacare do so despite believing that the Individual Mandate is Unconstitutional.

Reflect on that for a moment.

More than half of those in favor of Obamacare agree that at least one of its provisions is Unconstitutional, yet they are still in favor of it.

What other Constitutional protections or restrictions are they willing to overlook to accomplish their policy goals?


“A house divided against itself cannot stand.”


Hat Tip: Weasel Zippers

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